Tonight: The Dutchess and the Duke, Starfucker, Trannyshack, Ellom & Serena"/>
Local pop darlings the Dutchess and the Duke (photo courtesy Andrew Waits) celebrate the release of Sunset/Sunrise at the Crocodile tonight with Portland band Meth Teeth and Dead Ghosts. The doors open at 8 p.m., it costs $13, and you can read more about the band's excellent new release over in Rocket Queen. If you haven't heard it yet, two tracks from the record are available for download on Hardly Art's website.
The Dutchess and the Duke
Starfuckerplays the Vera Project tonight with Deelay Ceelay and Phantogram. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., the show costs $13, and it will be a really fun time. I heartily recommend this one. If you'd like to hear more about Starfucker's name change dilemma, check out Erika Hobart's article on the band.
Trannyshack at Chop Suey, 9:30 p.m., $12
Brace yourselves, party people of Seattle: it's that special time of year again. Though not a federally recognized holiday (yet), this magical night uses up more make-up than Halloween, more booze than New Years Eve, more explosions than the Fourth of July, more glittery sparkle than a Christmas tree and more tucking, binding and prep time than a thirty-pound Thanksgiving turkey. That's right, kids: it's time for Trannyshack, the San Fran-based tran-o-rama that has now become an international phenomenon with Trannyshack UK. Mistress Heklina and her cast of characters (including our own incomparable Ursula Android and an assortment of some of the Emerald City's classiest ladies) has turned her once weekly event into revolving nights all over the country, flipping the big old bird to the stereotypical Whitney syncing beauty/drag queen routine, and exalting in the downtown and dirty tradition of Warhols' superstar queens. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR
Ellom & Serena at the Jewelbox, 7:30 p.m., $7-$11
A natural fit if there ever was one, Estonian poet Elo-Mall Toomet (Ellom for short) and local (Port Townsend) cellist/composer Serena Tideman come together for a special one-off duo performance. Even by experimental standards, Tideman and Toomet share an affinity for the fringe, and one can only imagine that together they'll come up with delightfully edgy results. Both have a flair for turning melodrama into sound portraits of cracked, almost disturbing beauty. In her own words, Toomet plumbs dark emotional spaces in order to draw maps for people to find their way back from them. But both artists also rely on sturdy rhythms and a winking sense of humor to warm the mood up a little and keep their work somewhat grounded. In a sense, Tideman makes poetry of her own with the cello, her lines flowing with the lyricism, tension, and punch of well-crafted verse. Having worked with staunchly original acts like Rasputina and Múm, Tideman is uniquely positioned not only to support, but also to expand upon Toomet's one-of-a-kind vision. SABY REYES-KULKARNI